Monthly Archives: April 2014

LSB help out at the Greater Boston Food Bank

On Saturday, April 26th, our LSB team joined forces with the BeantoIMG_1662wn Cats (University of Arizona Alumni Boston) for a very rewarding afternoon at the Greater Boston Food Bank.

The food bank is a top class facility opened in 2009 with the aid of generouIMG_1663s city based sponsors. Upon arrival at the warehouse, we had a briefing on the activities and services provided by the food bank, followed by a guide on procedures for our assigned tasks of the afternoon on inspecting, sorting, and packing food and grocery products.

Our role as a group, was to inspect frozen food supplies (donated by various corporations such as Stop and Shop and other grocery stores), sort by food type – beef, pork, poultry etc. and package into boxes of 35lb approx., ready for distribution to worthy causes in the Greater Boston area.IMG_1666

The pallets of frozen food kept coming but we kept knocking them down until our shift was over! At the end of the day we sorted through, and packaged:
* 6405lbs of food, 98% of which was salvageable
* which provided for 5230 meals
* averaging 402 meals per volunteer!

We had a great time today and are eager to volunteer again for this wonderful cause.

We’d love to sign up more members and friends of the Leitrim Society of Boston for our next trip to help the troopers at the food bank, stay tuned…!


LSB Volunteer day at the Greater Boston Food Bank

Volunteers play a critical role in ending hunger by giving their time and talent to support The Greater Boston Food Bank. Last year, more than 25,000 volunteers worked a total of 62,000 hours, a contribution worth more than $1,000,000.

The Leitrim Society of Boston have organized a day to help out at the food bank on Saturday April 26th, 2014 from 1.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Places are extremely limited so if you are interested in registering your participation please contact Mary McDermott ( ASAP.

Volunteers work in our warehouse, inspecting, sorting, and repacking donated food and grocery products.

Upon arrival, the team will orient you to The Greater Boston Food Bank and its services, and then you will be trained for your project. At the end of the shift, we can gather everyone back together to discuss impact, answer questions and take a group photo.

Some volunteers load boxes onto conveyer belts, some inspect or sort products, and others check and label boxes. While a few of these tasks require the ability to lift a 30 pound box, most tasks require only that a volunteer stand and inspect products for a few hours. Please remember to wear closed-toed shoes for your shift (no sandals or flip flops).

Your assistance is a crucial part of helping to End Hunger Here!

April 2014 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

The meeting was held on April 1st, 2014 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.

Present – Derek Mawn, Jim Gallagher, Mary McDermott, Jim Keaney, Charlie Mawn, Frank Gallagher, Mark Fitzpatrick, Noel Murphy, Connie & Mary McEleney, Jack Maguire, Phillip Bohan, Bridie McDermott & Cathy Mawn

The Leitrim Guardian magazines have arrived. We will distribute them at the Spring Dance.

Our Annual Spring Dance has arrived!  It is on Saturday night, April 12th from 7:30 to 12 at Concannon’s Irish Village. Hoping to see friends and neighbors there!

There will be Membership Applications available for sign-up at the dance or you can download a copy from here and fill it out and bring to the dance!

Any donations for the raffle are gratefully appreciated.

Kevin McCann from Belturbet was in Boston for the Irish Film Festival last month.  A Producer, he had a movie entered called Volkswagen Joe which received “Most Inspiring Best Short Award”. He is raising money for a film about Seán MacDiarmada.  There was a donation of $250 sent from the Leitrim Society of Boston. If anyone has interest in this project or a wish to donate, they may speak to Pres. Derek Mawn ( regarding contact details.

There is a Volunteer Opportunity at the Greater Boston Food Bank for Saturday, April 26th from 1:00 to 3:30 at 70 South Bay Avenue, Boston, MA  02118. There is parking available. There are spots for 10 people, on a first come basis. Mary McDermott is organizing this. Mary may be contacted at There will be fliers on the tables at the dance.

Hoping to see all of you Saturday Evening at the Spring Dance!

The next meeting will be held May 6th, 2014 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Corner. ALL ARE WELCOME